Wild Arizona: Peaks, Ruins and … a Wood Chute?

Pamela Tait | Kendrick Mountain Trail

Pamela Tait | Kendrick Mountain Trail

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each afternoon in September, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, we’re spotlighting three of Arizona’s 90 wilderness areas. For more information about any of the state’s wilderness areas, visit Wilderness.net, a collaboration between several wilderness-related organizations. The information here comes from that site and the wilderness areas’ managing agencies. Always contact the managing agency before visiting a wilderness to learn about any restrictions that may be in effect. To see our entire Wild Arizona series, click here

Kendrick Mountain Wilderness
Infuriating copy editors everywhere, it’s called the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness, but its namesake mountain is called Kendrick Peak. Whatever you call it, the mountain’s summit offers stunning views of the Coconino Plateau and the San Francisco Volcanic Field. Fourteen miles of trails lead to the top of Kendrick Peak.

Location: Northwest of Flagstaff
Established: 1984
Size: 6,510 acres
Managed by: U.S. Forest Service
Contact: Williams Ranger District, 928-635-5600 or www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab

Sierra Ancha Wilderness
Ruins of Salado Indian dwellings still mark this rough and inaccessible wilderness, which features box canyons, vertical cliffs and pine-covered mesas. Thirteen trailheads provide access to foot and horse paths within the wilderness, and water usually is available.

Location: North of Globe
Established: 1964
Size: 20,850 acres
Managed by: U.S. Forest Service
Contact: Pleasant Valley Ranger District, 928-462-4300 or www.fs.usda.gov/tonto

Woodchute Wilderness
You can see the San Francisco Peaks, the Verde Valley, Sycamore Canyon and Red Rock Country from this wilderness. It’s named for a wood chute that was constructed here to supply wood to the town of Jerome during its mining heyday. Keep an eye out for black bears, mountain lions and bald eagles.

Location: West of Jerome
Established: 1984
Size: 5,833 acres
Managed by: U.S. Forest Service
Contact: Chino Valley Ranger District, 928-777-2200 or www.fs.usda.gov/prescott

 

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